Today’s review is of a funny, irreverent, and relevant book that touches on the current climate of religion, politics and all things around and in between as they relate to the LGBT community. It is, unfortunately, languishing in “the stacks”, so to speak, for lack of a little good promotion. It’s a shame, but I hope to help it along by doing a much needed review.
Without further ado, the book I speak of is the 2011 publication, The Quackery of the Straight and Narrow by author Skillman Hunt. The author lays out – with retrospective wit and humor – all of the issues he faced growing up and coming out as gay and then relates them to the issues that make life difficult, even for out gays and lesbians, in the present day.
With chapters (sections?) titled, Who Turned On the Light in My Closet (Section II), How Do You Solve a Problem Like Leviticus (Section IV), Mr. Santorum You’re Only Allowed 10 Minutes in the Steam Room (Section V), and Bill Maher, Gavin Newsome and the Golden Girls (Section VII), he tells it all like it is. He begins at the beginning with coming out and, as expected, briefly relates his own story but then he takes things 10 steps further than most other books. If our families, friends, coworkers and so on could read just one chapter (section?) of this book, I would really want for them to read the second one on coming out. He, with multiple examples, points out how it is a lifelong and never ending process for most gays and lesbians and how difficult and painful it can be in even the most simple of circumstances.
His book continues with discussions of politics, and religion, and religion in politics and more and how all of that affects the world of those of us that are LGBT. His opinions all, yes, but truly some fascinating insights and some new ways to look at old arguments. You may agree with all of it or only some of it but you’ll still read it all just to see what he’s going to say next.